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Thai envoy emphasises strengthening economic co-op for increasing trade

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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CHATTOGRAM: Thai Ambassador Makawadee Sumitmor said the main objective of the existing good relationships and cooperation between the two countries is to expand bilateral trade and investment further.

Putting up the matters of many opportunities in these sectors, she also observed that it will be possible to increase trade by strengthening economic cooperation between the countries.

The ambassador said these at a view exchange meeting with the leaders of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) at Bangabandhu Conference Hall of World Trade Centre (WTC) in the city on Wednesday.

In her speech, Makawadee sought cooperation from the CCCI in implementation of the FTA proposed by the Thai government.

The ambassador informed that a memorandum of understanding is waiting signing between the Chittagong Port Authority and the Thai authorities for developing direct shipping through the seaway.

The government of Thailand has reduced the quarantine period to seven days from the 14 days for Bangladeshi visitors and it will reduce further following improvement of the corona situation, she said.

The Thai ambassador disclosed a plan to hold a road-show at the World Trade Centre next year as part of celebration of golden jubilee of the Thai-Bangladesh friendship.

The CCCI President Mahbubul Alam said there are huge trade deficit between the two countries.

He emphasised on promotion of Bangladeshi products by organising various exhibitions and trade shows in Thailand.

Mahbubul hoped that the import-export trade will be reduced to three to four days while the transportation cost to 50 per cent after resumption of direct sea shipping between the Ranong Port of Thailand and Chattogram Port in Bangladesh.

The CCCI president also sought cooperation in resumption of recruitment of 50,000 Bangladeshi manpower in Thailand's fisheries sector, establishment of training institute to develop skilled manpower suitable for the country's labour market, resumption of direct flights from Chattogram to Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and implementation of the proposed $250 million Thai investment in energy sector of Bangladesh.

CCCI Vice President Syed Mohammad Tanvir, Directors Anjan Shekhar Das, Engineer Iftekhar Hossain, Sajir Ahmed, Thai Honourary Consul Amir Humayun Mahmud Chowdhury, the Embassy Second Secretary Kusuma Sareebunyarit and Third Secretary Budsara Sadaengrit attended the meeting among others.